Sunday, November 9, 2008

13 Marḥeshwan 5769: World Freedom Day/World Run Day

Greetings.

Worthy causes of the day: “Tell your Senators to Support the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act!” and “Hold Industry Accountable for the Tax Dollars You've Invested!”

Relevant to Divine Misconceptions:
  1. “Krygyzstan passes restrictive religion law”: Yet another violation of international law which only serves to make the people making the law look like idiots because they are attempting to control other people’s religions. It should be obvious that a government has no legitimate say in what is true for any sort of truth except, of course, what is true in that government’s legal system. Reality has never bent over backwards to accommodate the beliefs of any human or human institution, few (if any) religions these days are so strongly linked to a government so as to blindly assume the claims of the government are actually true, and anyone who defines his/her personal belief system with the assumption that the government is always right probably needs to be in a mental institution. Putting religious education into the hands of a state like this is an obvious recipe for religious miseducation.
  2. “Homophobic GP banned for a year”: Summary: Dr. Muhammad Siddiq, head of the Islamic Medical Association of the United Kingdom, has been suspended from medical practice for a year for an anti-homosexual letter he wrote in the magazine Pulse. Now, everyone is entitled to their own views, so it is a little much to expect Dr. Siddiq to approve of homosexuality or like homosexuals. However, we all share the same reality, and so no one is entitled to their own facts. There is no sense to the claim that homosexuals are “the root cause of many sexually-transmitted diseases” (STDs); even though homosexuals have done a fair share of contributing to STDs, heterosexuals are also guilty of spreading STDs, too. The sex of whom one has intercourse with is nowhere as big a factor in the perpetuation of STDs as the conditions under which intercourse takes place. For example, being in a faithful monogamous relationship, whether heterosexual or homosexual, makes for a very limited opportunity for STD spread, being promiscuous, whether heterosexual or homosexual, on the other hand, is just asking to be part of an epidemic. Dr. Siddiq’s attempts to shift the blame for the letter away from himself are unimpressive.
  3. “Christians On the Run in Iraq”: Unfortunately, this is still going on. Why are we giving aid to a country where the government does nothing to stop this atrocity?
  4. Yes, I am aware that Google AdSense (in this case BadSense) has been calling up ads for a New Thought variation, left unmentioned in the text but made explicit in the labels. It is a side effect of the content of the blog, along with ads claiming that Jesus loves you. (I have to find out where it says that in the New Testament.) Wait a while for the algorithm to realize I have posted on other topics, and the noxious ads will go away on their own, at least until I read the book and write an almost certainly negative review (P > 0.99).
Today’s news and commentary:I was hoping to post today new material from Saturday Night Live depicting prominent Republicans in the aftermath of the election. (Comedians have the great advantage that they can tell the truth about politicians with impunity.) Unfortunately, we got a rerun last night, so we will have to wait a while to see what they come up with. In the meantime, today’s weird thing is THE NEW PAPPA*PHONE. Enjoy and share the weirdness.

Aaron
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